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Obesity in indigent elderly rural African women: effects on hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and hyperglycaemia.
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PMID:  1794954     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To learn more of the sequelae of obesity in South African elderly rural indigent black women (aged 58-85 years), studies were made on 40 women with BMI greater than or equal to 30, and on 50 non-obese women with BMI of 25 or less, all in outward good health. In the two groups, hypertension (greater than or equal to 160/95 mm Hg) was present in 9 and 5 women (22% and 10%), hypercholesterolaemia (greater than or equal to 5.2 mmol/l) in 28 and 26 women (70% and 52%), hypertriglyceridaemia (greater than or equal to 1.8 mmol/l) in 20 and 16 (50% and 32%), and hyperglycaemia (greater than or equal to 6.7 mmol/l) in 8 and 7 women (20% and 14%). Differences between the obese and non-obese attained significance with blood pressure and serum lipids (P less than 0.01), although not with blood glucose. Both groups were habituated to a low fat high fibre diet. In this context, obesity appeared less evocative of adverse sequelae than prevails in a white population. However, for appropriate validation, longitudinal studies are required.
A R Walker; B F Walker; B Manetsi; O Molefe; A J Walker; H H Vorster
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal for vitamin and nutrition research. Internationale Zeitschrift für Vitamin- und Ernährungsforschung. Journal international de vitaminologie et de nutrition     Volume:  61     ISSN:  0300-9831     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Vitam Nutr Res     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-04-08     Completed Date:  1992-04-08     Revised Date:  2007-02-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1273304     Medline TA:  Int J Vitam Nutr Res     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  244-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Tropical Pathology, School of Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Blood Pressure / physiology
Hyperglycemia / etiology*
Hyperlipidemias / etiology*
Hypertension / etiology*
Medical Indigency*
Obesity / complications,  epidemiology*,  physiopathology
Rural Health / trends*
South Africa / epidemiology

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